Weekly class summary for 16th July

Weekly class summary for 16th July

Introductory Balavihar:

In class we continued with Alphabet Safari and learnt that I stands for Intelligence – the ability to understand things and choose right from wrong. We discussed difference between us and animals – how we have a mind that can feel emotions and an intellect that can help  us make the correct choice. Children listened to the story of the powerful mango fruit. Once Sage Naradha gave Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati a mango fruit to be given to one of their sons – Ganesha or Karthikeya. As the fruit had to be eaten in full, Lord Shiva decided to run a race and told his sons that whoever was first to go around the world three times would get the fruit. Immediately Karthikeya set off on his peacock. Ganesha had only a mouse and so started thinking of a plan. He went around his parents three times and explained that they were his world and the creators of the entire Universe. Lord Shiva was pleased and gave him the fruit. When Karthikeya came back, he realised that Ganesha had rightfully won the fruit by using his intellect. Children were given a picture of an elephant whose trunk symbolises the intellect – it can pick a small needle or lift a big log. In the same way, we need to pray for the ability to distinguish and understand everything – however big or small.

Homework: To complete the colouring sheet and revise the pledge.

Junior Balavihar:

This week’s class was introduction to our new text “Hanuman – The Super Superman”.  We started by brainstorming why we can stand up straight and tall.  We felt the bones in our vertebrae which is strong, straight and  flexible.  Three kids demonstrated a baby, young adult and a hunched old man.  They deduced it was a strong vertebral column (spine/backbone) that helped the young adult to stand up straight and tall, unlike the other two. Then, the children heard a story about a king with no heir.  To find a suitable future king, he gave a handful of seeds.to each one interested, and asked them to plant them and come back after 3 months to show what they have got.  After 3 months, all the subjects proudly queued up with their display of plants, except for one child whose pot was empty.  Others jeered at him for what he had got.  The king saw the little boy’s pot and asked him what had happened..  The boy gathered courage and truthfully said that the king had only given him little pebbles  instead of seeds! The little boy was declared the next king.  The others, in their greed to succeed, cheated by replacing the little pebbles with seeds to grow beautiful plants.  The boy showed that, like a strong physical backbone, it was important to have a strong invisible backbone (our character).

To demonstrate this further, we also conducted variations of an experiment:

  1. A) blowing a wooden skewer & satin ribbon with same strength (ribbon moved, but skewer depicting strong backbone didn’t),
  2. B) blowing a satin ribbon with the skewer inside it (ribbon with backbone did not move),
  3. C) trying to break a bundle of sticks (could not break the mob of strong backbones)

Homework:  Only 5% of living population have vertebrae.  Humans and monkeys are examples.  Find other animals in this category.  Also, share the story of king without heir with family members.

 Junior JCs:

The Junior JCs revised the book ‘Game of Life’ that was completed last term.

Senior JCs:

The Senior JCs recapped the discussions from Term 2 on ‘Kindle Life’.

Adults:

We listened to slokas 32 & 33 continuing with the theme of the glory of the Lord.

The Lord says .’ Among creations, I am the beginning, the middle and also the end; O Arjuna, among sciences I am the science of the Self and I am the logic in all arguments’

Among letters I am the letter A, among all compounds I am the dual [co-ordinates]; I am verily the inexhaustible or the everlasting time; I am the [all-faced] dispenser [of fruits of actions], having faces in all directions

Lord’s statement of being the beginning, middle and end reiterates the omniscient nature of His presence.  Also being present in everlasting time gives us permanence of the Lord in everything else that is changing.  Facing all directions explains the presence of Lord in every one of us.

Sadhana:  To reflect on the Lord’s statement of faces in all direction to be fully aware He is always looking after us.

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